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Welcome New Cub Scout

On behalf of the Pack and its leadership, we are excited you have a Cub Scout that has joined! Here is a guide to get you started. Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your den leader or the Cub Master. The leadership group is committed, with your help, to ensure that all of the Cub Scouts have fun while being safe and respectful of others and the environment.

Note that all scouting events, meetings and activities REQUIRE that the Cub Scout’s parent or guardian be present. Scouting is not just about the boys, it is also about creating opportunities for you to interact and bond with them.

Dens and Pack

The boys in each grade meet on a regular basis as a den throughout the year (September to June). Dens focus on helping the boys complete the achievements required to earn a badge. Pack events and activities involve all dens (all grades). The frequency of meetings varies, but it is generally at least once a month for dens and about once a month for Pack meetings / events. Both Den and Pack meetings are generally one hour long and are at the Scout House. Note that there are some pack events at different locations and dens will sometimes have outings.

Grade

Rank

Den Number

Den Leaders

Badge(s)

2nd

Wolf

5

Chris Ware cwmd2000@gmail.com and Rich Gienopie gienopes@yahoo.com

Wolf

3rd

Bear

6

Eric Raymond eraymond1981@gmail.com, Adam Peritz, and Robert Romano

Bear

4th

Webelos

12

Scott France scottf2020@yahoo.com and Noam Saxonhouse 

Webelos

5th

Webelos Patrol

11

Aaron Ogle atogle@gmail.com

Arrow of Light

1st

Tiger

4

 

Bobcat*, Tiger

*All new Cub Scouts start by earning the Bobcat badge.

With the exception of Tigers, please contact your den leader directly to find out the date and time of den meetings. The first meeting for the Tigers will be arranged by the Cub Master.

Uniform & Book

One of the first things to do is get a cub scout uniform and book. You can go to one of the local scout shops in our area and they will help you get everything you need, including a program book for your den level. The book is required and the minimum uniform requirement is a shirt, badges (council, pack number, den number), neckerchief and slide. Other items such as hats and pants are also available for purchase. Earned badges, pins and loops are provided and paid for by the pack.

Valley Forge Scout Shop
1485 Valley Forge Road
Wayne, PA 19087

(610) 989-9626

Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue 9:00 am - 7:30 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Sun Closed

Online: www.scoutstuff.org

When you buy your uniform, a scout shop salesperson will ask for the following information:

Council: “Cradle of Liberty”
Pack #: 71
Den #: See grid above listing dens and its number

Tip: Buy a shirt size that is larger than what your Cub Scout needs. Many choose to buy a short-sleeved shirt and wear a long-sleeved t-shirt under it in colder months. And pickup “Badge Magic” to iron on the badges (instead of sewing).

Pack Website

Our website includes a calendar of all den and pack events. It also facilitates event registration and online payments (via PayPal).

URL: http://www.merioncubpack71.org/

Username: member
Password: pack71

Pack Events

Pack Meetings - Including presentation of badges/awards,special guests, skits, movies, etc.
Fall Camping Trip - Stay overnight or just come up for a day and enjoy a hike, dinner and s'mores!
Scouting for Food - Collect donations from your neighborhood for a local food bank
Pinewood Derby - Create your car and race against your fellow Cubs while enjoying some snacks
Blue & Gold Dinner - Bring the family for dinner to have your scout recognized for his achievements with special entertainment (magician, performers, etc.)
Bike Rodeo - Safely demonstrate your skills on a variety of challenges on your bicycle or get your bike tuned up (helmets are mandatory)
Spring Camping Trip - Another opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors. Families are welcome!
Scout Fair - This fundraising event for the Pack is fun for everyone with carnival games, prizes and a pie eating contest!
Water Ice Social - Our last meeting where we enjoy a summer treat and present prizes for selling fair tickets

Dates and other information are available on the Pack’s calendar: http://www.merioncubpack71.org/event

Dues, Fees and Other Costs

Dues are paid each year in September - $60 each year. The first year you will need a uniform and each year a book, neckerchief and slide will need to be purchased (total cost of about $60 for the first year and $30 thereafter). The contribution for those attending a camping trip is about $20/person (covers the reservation, supplies and most meals). Also, each year, each Cub Scout is expected to sell at least $100 in fair tickets (selling more will earn them a cool prize, such as an XBox) or otherwise be obligated to pay an additional $100 in dues. The proceeds from the fair is what covers a bulk of the costs with the Cub Scout program and maintenance of the Scout House. Note that our pack is run solely by volunteers and is a non-profit organization.

Please pay your dues using the instructions below:

  1. Visit http://www.merioncubpack71.org/paypal/pay
  2. Select your cub scout and click “Add to Cart” (repeat for siblings)
  3. Click “View Cart” in upper left-hand corner
  4. Click “Check Out” to be redirected to PayPal
  5. Use your PayPal login OR click on “Pay with a debit or credit card”
  6. Complete the transaction

Note: Dues include a yearly subscription to Boys Life magazine (http://boyslife.org/). It may take 2 - 3 months before you receive the first issue.

Pack and Den Communication

Email is the primary method of communication used by the dens and pack. A newsletter is automatically sent out each Sunday highlighting upcoming events. Each den has its own distribution list used by the den leader to provide information and updates. Information about each pack event will be sent out well in advance to allow you to register and/or prepare.

Tip: Make sure den and pack emails don’t get sent to your junk mail folder!

Getting Involved

Our pack relies on all adults contributing some time and effort to help ensure we create a great experience for our Cub Scouts. All of the leaders are volunteers and we need everyone’s help to run all of the activities. You may help with running den meetings and becoming a member of a committee for camping, the fair or other events. The leadership thanks you in advance for your support, as we can’t do it alone. The leadership meets the first Tuesday of each month at the Scout House and all adults are encouraged to attend (see Pack calendar for exact dates and times).

Next Steps

  1. Your den leader will be in touch with you or feel free to contact them with any questions.
  2. Make sure email from our pack (merioncubpack71.org) doesn’s end up in your junk folder.
  3. Check the schedule for upcoming den / pack events and update your calendar!
  4. Please pay your dues
  5. Buy your uniform and book
  6. Get involved!